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Old 08-26-2018, 06:43 PM
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History seems to say Mohammed married a 6 or 7 year old bit didn't consummate the marriage until she was 9 or 10. Is this true?

Old 08-26-2018, 07:14 PM
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Aisha's age at the time she was married to Muhammad has been of interest since the earliest days of Islam, and references to her age by early historians are frequent.[11] According to Sunni scriptural Hadith sources, Aisha was six or seven years old when she was married to Muhammad with the marriage not being consummated until she had reached the age of nine or ten years old [23][24] which is interpreted by many observers to indicate that she reached puberty at this age.[10][11][12][13][14][25][26][27] For example, Sahih al-Bukhari states that Aisha narrated that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).Sahih al-Bukhari, 7:62:64
Recording of Aisha's age in the hadith collections came a couple of centuries after the Prophet's death,[28] since the hadith are (it is claimed) records of early Islam through a verified unbroken chain of reliable witnesses (see: Hadith studies for more information). The hadith in this regard come from collections with sahih (fully authentic) status. However, some other traditional sources (without the same status) disagree. Ibn Hisham wrote in his biography of Muhammad that she may have been ten years old at the consummation.[11] Ibn Hisham also wrote about two hundred years after Muhammad, basing his biography on the now-lost work of Ibn Ishaq, who was born about 72 years after Muhammad's death. Aisha was recorded as nine years old at marriage, and twelve at consummation, by both Ibn Khallikan (1211-1282), and Ibn Sa'd al-Baghdadi (784-845), the latter citing as his source Hisham ibn Urwah (a grandson of Muhammad's companion Zubayr ibn al-Awam).[29]
Child marriage was not uncommon in many places at the time, Arabia included. It often served political purposes, and Aisha's marriage to Muhammad would have had a political connotation.[29]
Muslim authors who calculate Aisha's age based on the more detailed information available about her sister Asma estimate that she was over thirteen and perhaps between seventeen and nineteen at the time of her marriage.[30] Muhammad Niknam Arabshahi, an Iranian Islamic scholar and historian, has considered six different approaches[clarification needed] to determining Aisha's age and concluded that she was engaged in her late teens.[31] Using the age of Fatimah as a reference point, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement scholar Muhammad Ali has estimated that Aisha was over ten years old at the time of marriage and over fifteen at the time of its consummation.[32]
American historian Denise Spellberg has reviewed Islamic literature on Aisha's virginity, age at marriage and age when the marriage was consummated and speculates that Aisha's youth might have been exaggerated to exclude any doubt about her virginity.[11] Spellberg states, "Aisha's age is a major pre-occupation in Ibn Sa'd where her marriage varies between six and seven; nine seems constant as her age at the marriage's consummation." She notes one exception in Ibn Hisham's biography of the Prophet, which suggests that consummation may have occurred when Aisha was age 10, summarizing her review with the note that "these specific references to the bride's age reinforce Aisha's pre-menarcheal status and, implicitly, her virginity. They also suggest the variability of Aisha's age in the historical record."[11] Early Muslims regarded Aisha's youth as demonstrating her virginity and therefore her suitability as a bride of Muhammad. This issue of her virginity was of great importance to those who supported Aisha's position in the debate of the succession to Muhammad. These supporters considered that as Muhammad's only virgin wife, Aisha was divinely intended for him, and therefore the most credible regarding the debate.


In the times when average life span was around 35-40, there was different perspective on when to merry and consume marriage. You'd have been no different, living in those times.
Old 08-27-2018, 01:55 AM
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Originally Posted by cowdog View Post
History seems to say Mohammed married a 6 or 7 year old bit didn't consummate thwith e marriage until she was 9 or 10. Is this true?
It is highly unlikely that it is true.

The fact that Sunnis try to copy example of their Prophet in almost everything, I have yet to see a Sunni getting married to a 6 or even 9 year old child. Had the Prophet really married a 6 year old, marriages with children of that age would have been quite common even today.

History (depending on who wrote it) also seems to say that Aisha was born before the first revelation of the Qur'an and was (as the custom was at the time) linked with someone immediately for a later marriage. But when her father Abu Bakr became a Muslim after the revelation of the Qur'an, the boy's side broke the "engagement". This means Aisha was more likely 16 or even 19 than 6 or 9 at the time of her marriage.

The marriage didn't take place until the Prophet's first wife had died (which happened just before Hijra), which was about 12/13 years after the first revelation of the Qur'an. The year is often mentioned in history as the Year of Sorrow for the Prophet as not only his first, until then the only wife, had died but his uncle who had helped to protect him had died too. The Meccans were looking to kill him in that year and the Prophet couldn't have been occupied with a marriage with a young girl but to save his life.

Therefore the story in the hadith is highly likely untrue and cannot be believed.
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